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“Fascinating insight into rural life” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset Rural Life Museum
Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
+44 1458 831197
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Glastonbury
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: The museum is currently closed for redevelopment. Visit the website for further information and to follow the project.
Watchet, Somerset
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“Fascinating insight into rural life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A wonderful collection of artefacts from agricultural Somerset, exhibited professionally. Very helpful person on the desk. Cafeteria was closed for the season but we were invited to make our own in a scrupulously clean kitchen! Don't miss this.

Visited March 2014
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“See this gem before it is closed for renovation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

visited Saturday 1st February

Following the trip to Chalice Well with my partner we decided to dodge the rain and have a look at the Rural Life Museum. I'm so glad we did.

Whoever designed this really understands their subject. Upstairs there is was a re-creation of the Victorian way of life with stories about people's work, the conditions they lived under, a typical kitchen etc. I have enclosed numerous photographs to illustrate this.

There is no doubt that the staff are committed to their work and we spent a good 20 or 30 min chatting to them including telling them about Trip Advisor which they had not heard of.

If you go up the stairs behind the reception desk you will find many of the crafts such as basket weaving, the collection of peat etc. displayed very well indeed. The designer has achieved the feat of making a feature equally attractive to children and adults.

Outside is a courtyard, with traditional farm equipment and the odd chicken strutting around. There is also a large barn which was used for storing corn and preparing apples for cider.

There is an honesty box, help yourself cafe where you can make tea, coffee, chocolate and buy some biscuits.

There is a very good bookshop and furthermore, enthusiastic people to describe the box to you.

Alas, at the end of March, this beautiful gem is going to close for renovation. It is planned to create a Community Learning Centre for use both by museum visitors and as a bookable venue. they say it is going to be closed for between one and two years. I do not think that the atmosphere, friendly and personal as it is, will ever be beaten. The local council have evidently washed their hands of the centre and handed it over to a trust. Let's keep our fingers crossed that they treat this building and its history and works with the respect it deserves.

Visited February 2014
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“Interesting to visit and friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Park here for a cost of £2 all day and then enter the museum for free.Plenty to see and staff are so friendly especially the woman in the Cafe who was like a tourist rep telling us the finer points of what to see and do in Glastonbury..A short walk up a path and over the road gets you to the foot of the Tor...A worthy visit.

Visited October 2013
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“Great little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

A well thought through little museum, showcasing the rural life of Somerset, even including things like willow weaving which I found fascinating. Staff are friendly and helpful and the cafe is lovely.

Visited October 2013
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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“Lovely little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Nice little pay & display carpark round the back. Fit members of our group went up the Tor, then round the museum, while less able took their time going round the museum. It was free to get in, but would have happily paid. Nice displays, with items well referenced. Information refered to individuals from the past. It really brought it to life & made you think about how they lived as a person. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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